Free Library in the News: March 23-27, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, March 27, 2015

GSK’s $5M to Philly groups helping kids eat better
The announcement was made at The Free Library's fourth-floor renovated meeting room, which has a wonderful view of the city skyline. Across the hall is a new teaching kitchen to provide space for Philly kids to learn how to cook, with the hope being they will dish up for themselves and families healthy meals to help cut into the city's obesity rate.


Ellen Gray’s weekend TV picks: Angie Harmon digs into Philly, ‘Battle Creek’ goes to dogs
Who Do You Think You Are: In genealogy series, "Rizzoli & Isles" star Angie Harmon comes to Philadelphia's Free Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Valley Forge in pursuit of an ancestor who immigrated from Germany as an indentured servant and ended up as a not very happy soldier in George Washington's army.


Molly Eichel’s TV picks: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ ‘It’s Me, Hilary,’ ‘Big Time in Hollywood, FL’This Week’s Picks
Who Do You Think You Are? Rizzoli and Isles' Angie Harmon finds out her roots take her through Philadelphia. Harmon hits the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Valley Forge National Park in tonight's episode.


Winterthur exhibit looks at Pennsylvania German art
Frakturs also are the stars of the show in two Philadelphia exhibits. At the Pennsylvania Museum of Art, "Drawn with Spirit, Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection" will be on view until April 26. And the Free Library of Philadelphia will offer "Framing Fraktur" through July 16.


Frankly Speaking: Q&A with Barney Frank
Frank will be reading from his just-published memoir FRANK: A Life In Politics From The Great Society To Same-Sex Marriage tonight (3/23) at the Free Library. Last week we got the former Congressman on the phone to talk about scandal, Dodd-Frank, coming out in the ‘80s, the state of our un-democracy, the Tea Party, weed, dark money and darker politics, Occupy, Edward Snowden, the Patriot Act, the demise of the Fourth Amendment as we know it, the 2016 presidential race and more.



#PhillyFive Things to Do: March 23, 2015
Former Congressman Barney Frank comes to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) for a discussion of his new memoir “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage” at 7:30 p.m.


In the News: Framing Fraktur at the Free Library of Philadelphia
This spring, the Free Library of Philadelphia is showcasing fraktur, the historical Pennsylvania German folk art style, with Framing Fraktur. This Center-funded exhibition places contemporary art, including drawings, paintings, woodblock prints, and embroideries, alongside traditional works drawn from the Library’s Rare Book Department collection. Word & Image: Contemporary Artists Connect to Fraktur is curated by Judith Tannebaum and features the works of seven international artists: Marian Bantjes (Canada), 2009 Pew Fellow Anthony Campuzano (United States), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Elaine Reichek (United States), Bob and Roberta Smith (England), and Gert and Uwe Tobias (Romania/Germany). The exhibition is now available in book form from the University of Pennsylvania Press, with vivid illustrations that explore the scope of this art style.


15 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week
Out former congressman Barney Frank comes to the Free Library to discuss his new memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. In the book, Frank opens up about his two of his greatest attractions: politics and men.


Who Do You Think You Are?
Video clip of episode in FLP


Barney Frank’s New Memoir: “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage”
WHYY’s Radio Times
In his new memoir Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former Rep. BARNEY FRANK explores his long and storied political career, which began in 1972 when he decided to run for Massachusetts’ state legislature. (appeared 3/23)


Get HYPE Philly! receives $5 million grant
Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 nonprofits headed by The Food Trust, has received a charitable grant to help local teens build healthier communities. The nonprofits were recently awarded a three-year $5 million IMPACT grant by GSK, a pharmaceutical and healthcare company. The grant was announced during an event held last Thursday at the Free Library of Philadelphia which drew local youth, city officials and members of the Get HYPE Philly! collective.


Tips for Female Travelers, Philly Events, Lonely Planet
Other events unfolding in Philly this spring and summer include the launch of a Bike Share program, which will offer 600 bikes for rent at 60 stations; the opening of an observation deck at One Liberty Place, and exhibitions and programs at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrating the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" beginning Oct. 14.


Young People Leading the Way Towards a Healthier Community post from GSK)
We’re still feeling HYPE-ed from last week's event at the Free Library of Philadelphia announcing our $5 million, 3-year GSK IMPACT Grant for Philadelphia, awarded to a group of 10 amazing nonprofits led by The Food Trust. Our funding for Get HYPE Philly! will significantly expand a wide range of healthy activities for middle and high school students in North Philadelphia – everything from urban gardening to cooking and fitness classes to selling fresh produce in their neighborhood.


As always, Barney was very Frank
He and I talked at length about that journey last night, on stage at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Now retired at age 74, he's still the puckishly pithy guy who cut a swath during his 32-year House career. He doesn't appear to have mellowed much since he left the chamber in early '13, but he's happily amazed that he's no longer "an involuntary member of one of America's most despised groups." (appeared 3/23)


Philadelphia Organization focuses on young adults with cancer
The group (Young Adult Cancer Connection) alternates between coffee shop “meetups” where members can share whatever is on their minds, from hair loss to talking to friends about their diagnosis, and activities such as a yoga and a recent cooking class at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s new Culinary Literacy Center.


Exhibit at Free Library focuses on contemporary link to ‘Framing Fraktur’
Fraktur is a folk art featuring vivid colors, embellished texts, and drawings. Usually, the pieces included images like birds, angels, and flowers. In addition to being art, they often were tools for instruction, like learning to read, or for remembering family events (marriages, births).

Judith Tannenbaum curated “Word & Image.” She selected six works by seven artists (one pair worked in tandem) to be displayed. Their works don’t imitate fraktur, she said, but try to have “resonance and connection with some of the main characteristics.”


7 Must-see tourist hotspots in Philadelphia
Some of the   city's most famous sights are here: Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Swann Memorial Fountain,   the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, Moore College of Art and Design, the   Academy of Natural Sciences, the Rodin Museum, Eakins Oval, the Barnes Foundation and the   Philadelphia Museum of Art.


6abc to Donate 5 Thousand Books to the Free Library of Philadelphia
6abc has joined forces with First Book for a “Magic of Storytelling” initiative to provide up to 1 million new books to children in need. “Magic of Storytelling” supports First Book’s mission to enrich the lives of underprivileged children by providing them with access to new, high-quality literature. For the second year in a row, 6abc will donate 5 thousand books to The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in support of this campaign.


Calendar: March 25-April 1
Features Michael Lewis (3/27) and Paul Offit (3/30) Author Events


Mark Vetri’s new book of pasta finds truth & beauty in flour
Having already penned two books of Italian cuisine, Philadelphia’s pioneering chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri, the man behind such iconic city establishments as Osteria and his namesake dining room Vetri, was ready to write the book he’d had in his mind a long time. “No one would ever let me write a single-subject cookbook just about pasta,” he says. “But I had always been thinking about it. I had a vision of the layout, of how it would all flow.”


How Jazz Influenced Fashion: New Book to Launch During Jazz Appreciation Month in April
McClendon’s research was conducted at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, the Fontanes Private Collection in Biarritz and the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

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